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Deborah Johnson Wood

After almost a decade of development, Deborah Johnson Wood predicts the future

As she leaves her development news editor post, Deborah Johnson Wood reminds us of just how far Grand Rapids has come, reminisces about her favorite projects, and predicts the future in this honest interview. 

Joanne Roehm, director of LaughFest.

Cool Jobs: Joanne Roehm, LaughFest festival director

LaughFest is a ten-day event in March, so does its director spend the dog days of summer lounging in a hammock? Hardly. Joanne Roehm has a seriously cool job (all year round), and Stephanie Doublestein finds out just what she does when the talent isn't in town.

Jesica Vail, program manager at Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness (GRACEH).

Do Good: GRACEH works to make Vision to End Homelessness a reality

Ten years ago, the city of Grand Rapids and the Kent County Board of Commissioners – with research and input from area agencies, churches, and individuals – created the “Vision to End Homelessness,” with the goal being to end homelessness by the close of 2014. Funded and supported by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Dyer-Ives Foundation, Steelcase Foundation, and HUD, the project is massive and ongoing.

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UIX: A real treat for local companion animals: Cathy Bissell

Cathy Bissell, director of corporate affairs for Bissell Inc., helps companion animals in West Michigan and even the U.S. through the Bissell Pet Foundation, which she began in 2011.

Michigan DEQ's Dan Wyant.

Q&A with Dan Wyant, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

As summer finally heats up and West Michigan residents encounter some of this year's first Ozone Action Days, it's a good time to check on the state of the environment. Dan Wyant, director of the MDEQ, sat down and had a chat about the Clean Air Act and carbon emissions. See what he had to say. 

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